The Most Famous

SKIERS from Austria

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This page contains a list of the greatest Skiers. The pantheon dataset contains 541 Skiers, 75 of which were born in Austria. This makes Austria the birth place of the 2nd most number of Skiers.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Skiers of all time. This list of famous Skiers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Skiers.

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1. Toni Sailer (1935 - 2009)

With an HPI of 59.93, Toni Sailer is the most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages on wikipedia.

Anton Engelbert "Toni" Sailer (17 November 1935 – 24 August 2009) was an Austrian alpine ski racer, considered among the best in the sport. At age 20, he won all three gold medals in alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics. He nearly duplicated the feat at the 1958 World Championships with two golds and a silver. He also won world titles both years in the combined, then a "paper" race, but awarded with medals by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

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2. Hermann Maier (1972 - )

With an HPI of 53.91, Hermann Maier is the 2nd most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Hermann Maier (born 7 December 1972) is an Austrian former World Cup champion alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. Nicknamed the "Herminator", Maier ranks among the greatest alpine ski racers in history, with four overall World Cup titles (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004), two Olympic gold medals (both in 1998), and three World Championship titles (1999: 2, and 2005). His 54 World Cup race victories – 24 super-G, 15 downhills, 14 giant slaloms, and 1 combined – rank third on the men's all-time list behind Ingemar Stenmark's 86 victories and Marcel Hirscher's 67 victories. As of 2013, he holds the record for the most points in one season by a male alpine skier, with 2000 points from the 2000 season. From 2000–2013 he also held the title of most points in one season by any alpine skier, until Tina Maze scored 2414 points in the 2013 season.

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3. Annemarie Moser-Pröll (1953 - )

With an HPI of 52.64, Annemarie Moser-Pröll is the 3rd most famous Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Annemarie Moser-Pröll (born 27 March 1953) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria. Born in Kleinarl, Salzburg, she was the most successful female alpine ski racer during the 1970s, with six overall titles, including five consecutive. Moser-Pröll celebrated her biggest successes in downhill, giant slalom and combined races. In 1980, her last year as a competitor, she secured her third Olympic medal (and first gold) at Lake Placid and won five World Cup races. Her younger sister Cornelia Pröll is also a former Olympic alpine skier.

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4. Marc Girardelli (1963 - )

With an HPI of 51.57, Marc Girardelli is the 4th most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Marc Girardelli (born 18 July 1963) is an Austrian and Luxembourgish former alpine ski racer, a five-time World Cup overall champion who excelled in all five alpine disciplines.

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5. Franz Klammer (1953 - )

With an HPI of 51.27, Franz Klammer is the 5th most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Franz Klammer (born 3 December 1953) is a former champion alpine ski racer from Austria. Klammer dominated the downhill event for four consecutive World Cup seasons (1975–78). He was the gold medalist at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, winning the downhill at Patscherkofel by a margin of 0.33 seconds with a time of 1:45.73. He won 25 World Cup downhills, including four on the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbühel. He also holds the record for the most victories (four) on the full course at Kitzbühel.

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6. Karl Schranz (1938 - )

With an HPI of 50.53, Karl Schranz is the 6th most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Karl Schranz (born 18 November 1938) is a former champion alpine ski racer from Austria, one of the best of the 1960s and early 1970s. Born and raised in St. Anton, Tyrol, Schranz had a lengthy ski career, from 1957 to 1972. He won twenty major downhills, many major giant slalom races and several major slaloms. Late in his career he was the successor to Jean-Claude Killy as the World Cup overall champion; Schranz won the title at age 30 in the third World Cup season of 1969, and repeated in 1970. He was also the downhill champion for those two seasons and was the giant slalom season champion in 1969. Schranz won both the "classic downhills" four times each: the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbühel, Austria, (1966,1969, 1972,1972), and the Lauberhorn at Wengen, Switzerland, (1959, 1963, 1966, 1969). He also excelled at the legendary Arlberg-Kandahar events, winning nine times, from 1957 (Chamonix) to 1970 (Garmisch-Partenkirchen).

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7. Erik Schinegger (1948 - )

With an HPI of 48.12, Erik Schinegger is the 7th most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Erik Schinegger (born 19 June 1948) is an Austrian intersex skier. He was the women's downhill ski world champion in 1966, at which time he was recognized as female and known as Erika Schinegger.

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8. Egon Zimmermann (1939 - 2019)

With an HPI of 46.95, Egon Zimmermann is the 8th most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Egon Zimmermann (8 February 1939 – 23 August 2019), often referred to as Egon Zimmermann II, was a World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Austria. Zimmermann won the Olympic downhill at Patscherkofel in 1964 and won several medals on the professional tour in the late-1960s and early 1970s.

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9. Christl Haas (1943 - 2001)

With an HPI of 45.79, Christl Haas is the 9th most famous Skier.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Christl Haas (19 September 1943 – 8 July 2001) was an Austrian Alpine skier. She competed at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics and won a gold and a bronze medal, respectively.

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10. Othmar Schneider (1928 - 2012)

With an HPI of 45.42, Othmar Schneider is the 10th most famous Skier.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Othmar Schneider (27 August 1928 – 25 December 2012) was an Austrian Alpine skier and Olympic champion. Schneider was born in Lech am Arlberg. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he was the gold medalist in the slalom and the silver medalist in the downhill.

Pantheon has 96 people classified as skiers born between 1924 and 1997. Of these 96, 90 (93.75%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living skiers include Hermann Maier, Annemarie Moser-Pröll, and Marc Girardelli. The most famous deceased skiers include Toni Sailer, Egon Zimmermann, and Christl Haas. As of April 2022, 21 new skiers have been added to Pantheon including Ernst Hinterseer, Josef Stiegler, and Otto Leodolter.

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Which Skiers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 6 most globally memorable Skiers since 1700.